My 10 most memorable moments of 2016

  1. Crossing the Minch for the first time.
  2. Watching a ship going through the Panama Canal.
  3. Shaking hands with Samuel Escobar in the queue for breakfast at a conference.
  4. Listening to a US man telling me about his legal marihuana-growing business, over lunch in my church in Colombia.
  5. Finding a young woman unconscious on the pavement on my way to work.
  6. Discovering Romans 5:17.
  7. Spotting a scorpion crawling out of my flatmate’s bedroom.
  8. Witnessing two American (I mean US) men brawling on a flight in Colombia. The Colombians booed and jeered and the woman beside me said, “Gringo go home”. One brave Colombian stood between them.
  9. Seeing the oldest evidence of Christianity in Scotland. (The Latinus Stone, from ca. 450AD).
  10. A frosty day out in Ulm, Germany, with an old friend.
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Overheard at the swimming pool

From their voices, they were eight or nine years old, but I didn’t see them.

Speaker A: I’m not wearing my school socks, look. I hate my school socks.

Speaker B: So do I! They’re so annoying.

A: I’m putting all my clothes in my bag.

B: I’m not. My bag is SO small.

A: So you and Tanya are like related?

B: Yeah.

A: Because you are the same religion?

B: Yeah.

A: I don’t really know about religion because I don’t have one…People who have a religion have to respect people who don’t have one.

B: And people who don’t have one, have to respect those who do.

A: Yeah. It’s the same for everyone.

PS I’m in Scotland, lying low for just now, but this was too good not to share.

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